For just the second time in school history, the Washington Huskies had two players selected in the first round of the same NBA draft.
After the Sacramento Kings picked forward Marquese Chriss with the No. 8 overall selection of Thursday’s first round in Brooklyn, New York -- then immediately traded Chriss to the Phoenix Suns -- the San Antonio Spurs made former UW guard Dejounte Murray the No. 29 overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft.
Murrary had to wait longer than most anticipated to be drafted. He was the second-to-last player left in the draft’s “green room” when he was picked.
Murray and Chriss are the first UW duo to be picked in the first round of the same draft since Terrence Ross (No. 8) and Tony Wroten (No. 25) in 2012. Murray becomes the 13th first-round pick in UW history, and the ninth during the 14-year tenure of coach Lorenzo Romar.
A native of Seattle who starred at Rainier Beach High School, Murray in 2015-16 produced one of the best seasons ever by a UW freshman. The 6-foot-5 guard averaged 16.1 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game, earning second-team All-Pac-12 honors while being named to the Pac-12 All-Freshmen team.